Zielinski, Elizabeth Supt

Elizabeth Zielinski

WRENTHAM - King Philip Superintendent Elizabeth Zielinski apparently will be on the job for the foreseeable future.

Zielinski had been a finalist for two superintendent positions in western Massachusetts, but was passed over for the posts this past week.

Zielinski, in her sixth year overseeing King Philip regional middle and high schools, was a finalist in the Westfield public school system as well as in nearby Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District.

The Westfield School Committee Thursday night chose Westfield Technical Academy Principal Stefan Czaporowski for superintendent.

The other finalist besides Zielinski was Westfield schools Human Resource Director Jennifer Willard.

Willard, incidentally, was selected last week to oversee the Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District where Zielinski also had been a finalist along with three others.

Two years ago, Zielinski was one of four finalists for superintendent in the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District - also in western Massachusetts.

School committee member Patrick Francomano said he isn't surprised Zielinski has been looking for a new job in the section of the state where she is from. She still has a home in Ludlow but an apartment in the King Philip area.

Also, the tenure of a superintendent in Massachusetts is about five years.

Zielinski, who is from the western part of the state, has brought stability to King Philip and moved the district ahead in many areas, including in the areas of finances, technology, curriculum, and test scores, school board members say.

STEPHEN PETERSON covers King Philip for The Sun Chronicle. He can be reached at 508-236-0377 or at speterson@thesunchronicle.com.

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